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The Sinister Urge
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This album doesn't seem to enjoy the popularity of Hellbilly Deluxe, Rob Zombie's first solo release, but I consider The Sinister Urge the better album of the two. The music seems to be more important this time around, as Zombie experiments with or conjures up new means by which to communicate his unique message. (go to) California, for example, seems to begin with a strange lilting sound to it, and Zombie's voice is somewhat subdued on the verses, providing a nice contrast with the more forceful chorus. Of course, there is plenty of hard rocking on this album, especially on the three most familiar tunes: Never Gonna Stop (the red, red kroovy), Feel So Numb, and Demon Speeding. Demon Speeding reminds me a lot of the Hellbilly Deluxe tracks, but the other new songs have a different sound and style than what Zombie has given us before. These songs are catchier and are more prone to hang around in your head reminding you of their visceral greatness; some might say Zombie got a little soft and added a touch of pop to a few tracks here, but I don't think that is the case at all. If he has added anything, it is a complexity that makes his music all the more impressive.
One song that certainly deserves special mention is Iron Head, which features none other than Ozzy Osbourne helping out on the vocals; the way he and Zombie alternate lines makes Ozzy's input especially effective. Dead Girl Superstar is a great hard-rocking track, and I also really like Bring Her Down (To Crippletown), another song which features a dramatic contrast between the verses and chorus. Scum of the Earth isn't bad, but I would consider it the only light-weight song on the album. There really isn't as much filler material on here as some might think. Sinners Inc. introduces the album with some horror movie-type dialogue, Transylvanian Transmissions Pt. 1 features a dramatic, malevolent reading of horror-laden, strangely philosophical lines, and then the singular House of 1000 Corpses closes out the album with rather a significant bit of what some would call filler material surrounding an otherwise gleefully evil song-more horror movie dialogue about murder, cannibalism, and similar dastardly deeds, voices of innocent little girls, a satisfying number of screams, and-somewhat inexplicably-a couple of minutes' worth of background noise. At almost ten minutes, House of 1000 Corpses is definitely the longest song on the album, but I for one enjoy taking my time to enjoy the pleasure offered by musical rumination upon the darker things in life.
I might note that this album, unlike its predecessor, provides listeners with the song lyrics; it's not always easy to understand Zombie's edgy vocals, and now, while some of the lyrics don't make a great deal of sense, I at least know what I'm hearing. Overall, I recommend this album wholeheartedly to those who like their music dark and forceful. Even though Rob Zombie brought a musical legacy with him from his White Zombie years, Hellbilly Deluxe had a bit of a gimmicky feel to it and proved a little uneven in places. The Sinister Urge, on the other hand, is consistently good from start to finish.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I have in the space of just a few weeks become a huge Rob Zombie music fan. Since hearing one of his songs on WWF TV (Never Gonna Stop of this album is used by Edge) I have been rounding up as much of his music as I can. It's great. Very distintive from the stuff you'll find in the top 40 charts list. It's Rock, It's Loud and I feel everyone should listen to this album and his other album 'Hellbilly Deluxe'.
I recommend the songs, 'Never Gonna Stop', 'Feel So Numb' and 'Dead Girl Superstar' the most. So what are you people waiting for?...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2002
This album may only struggle to make the 40 minute mark, but don't be put off: what you get in that short time are top ear-bashing tunes! The highlights for me were definitely "Demon Speeding", "Never Gonna Stop" and "Feel So Numb" (even though the whole album is great!) I prefer the cover of the import CD and it certainly takes more pride of place in your CD rack as an imported CD. Tracks such as "Sinners Inc." and "Transylvanian Transmissions PT" provide a break in the non-stop rock and offer some freaky 'Rob Zombie like' lyrics for you to marvel at. This album will make you look at the lyrics several times as you think: 'did he really say that?' and have you humming and tapping the catchy guitars and drums for weeks on end! Overall: BUY THIS ALBUM NOW!! Guaranteed to be the BEST MUSIC you have heard in a long time and certainly Rob's best work!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2002
When better in this era of Korn,Limp Bizkit & Linkin Park for industrial rocker Rob Zombie to release his long-awaited 2nd studio LP "The Sinister Urge". Since bursting onto the scene with his criticalley acclaimed album "Hillbilly Deluxe" he has been revolutionising a flagging genre & making Marilyn Manson look tame. Fans of "Hillbilly Deluxe" may be surprised to see that this album is not nearly as hard as it's predeccesor & relys more on well-written lyrics & groovy bass. I must say that I personalley was not a fan of "Hillbilly Deluxe" but with this album Rob Zombie has made a fan out of me. This is the ultimate album for all metalheads,sorry Ozzy but Rob Zombie is the new king of Rock. Long live the king!
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on 16 July 2007
i was very surprised at some of the other comments about this album. i thought this was fantastic. great heavy metal stuff and typically brilliant rob zombie. i might be dreaming, but i think this is his best, like i said, it might just be me?
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on 20 April 2013
My only criticism of Rob Zombie is that he does so many remixes of his older stuff. He still churns out thumping new rock beats too though.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2001
Rob Zombie fans have waited a long time between his last album (Hellbilly Deluxe) and this one with only the remix album to keep them sane. It was worth the wait. 11 tracks of madness from the Zombie will leave only leave fans wanting an encore. Some of the tracks are better than others, as always, but it is not a CD to miss if Death, Doom and Destruction are your mediums. Warning: This CD is not for the faint hearted!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 January 2002
What can you say, Rob Zombie delivers a venomous slab of post industrial, B movie noise that is the perfect antidote to a stale scene. Rob Zombie not only takes the crowns of his influences, but delivers it back to his audience for pleasure.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2002
When i got this album i didnt know alot about Rob Zombie, and then i got his CD...................
It is amazing!! I felt it had an Ozzy Ozbourne Music style with a good "husky gothic" voice. GET IT!!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2001
This is a brilliant album by the master Rob Zombie, from the great dead girl super star, to the ever so catchy Never gonna stop, with guest vocals from Ozzy Osbourne this is a must for any zombie-aholic ou there, buy this,you will not be disappointed,Scum of the Earth is one of my favourites.
Jo King
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